images in my mind's eye became clearer as my sight diminished.
Now, by hearing or experiencing something, I can picture it
in my head and paint it."
Lisa Fittipaldi is an incredible artist who just happens to be
blind. Art was not Lisa's first career choicequite the opposite!
After establishing herself as a successful certified public accountant
and leading a very full life, Lisa began to lose her vision. She
had to learn the world anew from the perspective of being blind
and the path she took led her to art.
Clearly an intelligent person, Lisa's intellect needed sustenance,
and having lost the visual influx of information all sighted people
receive continuously, Lisa had to find new ways to receive stimulus.
Lisa had to learn color theory, composition, medias, painting techniques,
and all other aspects of art intellectually and internalize it.
Lisa's accounting background also seems to have helped her cultivate
a photographic memory.
No one really knows how she does it, but we're all glad she does,
because Lisa's paintings contain beautiful, bold colors and scenes
of people all over the world, brimming with vitality. Lisa paints
ambient scenes from places she and her husband visited before and
after she lost her sight. Lisa uses her mind's eye. You can see
more of her brilliantly colored works at http://www.lisafittipaldi.com/index.htm.
Today Lisa enjoys a reputation as a world-renowned painter who
receives commissions from all over. In addition to painting, Lisa
has appeared in the media. She gives demonstrations and delivers
speeches, as well as runs the Mind's Eye Foundation, a cause very
close to Lisa's heart.
The Minds Eye Foundation provides educational technology to blind,
visually and hearing impaired children mainstreamed in the educational
environment. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of Lisa's paintings
is donated to the Foundation. Lisa is available to organizations
as a speaker on behalf of these children. You can learn more about
The Mind's Eye Foundation here: http://www.lisafittipaldi.com/foundation.htm.
Unable to learn as sighted persons do, through viewing paintings
and watching demonstrations of technique, Lisa had to develop her
own language, and her own perceptual system. Lisa tackled each new
aspect of art with fervor, each time mastering a new theory and
adapting it to her use, rigorously practicing each new technique.
Eventually she could envision her compositions so well that she
no longer needed the grids of string or rows of staples that
oriented her to the canvas.